Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.
An Amaryllis Christmas gift from our dear friends in California bloomed magnificently this week and it’s a beautiful star in today’s vase. (Buds on a second stalk are beginning to open as well.) Amaryllis ‘Très Chic’ is described as a pattern of stars within stars starting with dark red and ending with green and crimson.
I relied heavily on a variety of foliage to form the framework of the design, creating a textural background for amaryllis. I hoped Winter Daphne which is showing color at the tips would make more impact here than it did. It mostly ended up in back. The foliage was not enough on its own.
It would have been nice to have more flowers to use this week to accent and complement the bright amaryllis. Outdoors, hellebores have formed buds now but have not opened and nothing else even promises blooms for now, so yes, those are the same calla lilies from a vase on November 29, 2021. I had not planned to use them a fifth time but this arrangement needed support beyond just the greenery. A stem of pink anthurium and a few fading nandina berries contribute the only other color I could scavenge (without reverting to the holidays and using poinsettias). Several magnolia seedpods left over from the dried arrangement that celebrated Cathy’s IAVOM anniversary awhile back add texture.
Amaryllis ‘Très Chic’
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Daphne sp. (Winter daphne)
Black metal suiban. 4 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches. Japan.
The container comes from a recent estate sale and belonged to a garden club friend and horticulture judge. Nearly 5 pounds in weight, it seems to be cast iron. It has a decorative Asian motif around the sides and ornate pedestal feet.
Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are offering this week.
An Anniversary Note
pbmGarden became live on Friday, January 7, 2011, eleven years ago. Since that time I’ve been buoyed by your presence here. I am grateful for the old and new friendships that intersect this space. Thank you.